Who We Are

U.S. Catholic

U.S. Catholic puts faith in the context of everyday life, with a strong focus on social justice. For almost 90 years U.S. Catholic has been a courageous, forward-thinking forum for discussion among a broad range of voices.

The Claretian Missionaries

U.S. Catholic is published by the Claretian Missionaries. Following in the footsteps of St. Anthony Claret—a prolific writer and publisher whom Pope Pius XI called the “Modern Apostle of the Good Press”—the Claretians in the United States began their publishing ministry in 1935 with the first edition of the magazine The Voice of St. Jude. In 1963, during the Second Vatican Council, The Voice of St. Jude transformed into U.S. Catholic magazine. In 1995, U.S. Catholic launched its first website, making the award-winning content available to even more readers.

The Claretian Missionaries are a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brothers. They are dedicated to seeing the world through the eyes of the poor and to improving the world from these same communities. They work on faith, health, education, leadership, and violence intervention as they build healthy communities—always with the people. Their missionaries address a variety of issues including hunger, poverty, gang and domestic violence, housing, parenting, healthcare, and education—rough realities tackled with the trust and support of the people within the inspiration and power of God’s Word.

U.S. Catholic staff

Father Ferdinand Okorie, C.M. F.
Editor-in-Chief, U.S. Catholic

Father Ferdinand Okorie, C.M.F. is a member of the Claretian Missionaries, an assistant professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and the Director of Bible Study and Travel Programs at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He has been editor-in-chief of U.S. Catholic since July 2020.

Emily Sanna
Managing Editor, U.S. Catholic

Emily Sanna joined U.S. Catholic as the digital editor in 2015. Prior to coming to the magazine, she worked as a freelance editor and writer in both educational and academic publishing. Emily holds a B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College and an M.Div from Yale Divinity School, where she studied theology.

Stephanie Clary
Digital Editor, U.S. Catholic

Stephanie Clary joined U.S. Catholic in 2020. Prior to coming to the magazine, she worked as the assistant director of communication for the Diocese of Burlington and assistant editor for Vermont Catholic magazine. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Saint Mary’s College and an M.A. from Catholic Theological Union, where she studied theology.

Sarah Butler
Associate Editor, U.S. Catholic

Sarah Butler  joined U.S. Catholic in 2014 as assistant editor. Prior to joining the magazine team, Sarah was an editorial assistant at Chicago Magazine and Milwaukee Magazine, and was a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s magazine Teaching Tolerance. She has a B.A. in Journalism and English from Marquette University.

Nathaniel Hunter
Assistant Editor, U.S. Catholic

Nathaniel Hunter joined U.S. Catholic in 2020. He previously worked as a freelance journalist for publications in the Los Angeles area and as a volunteer English teacher for the Peace Corps in China. Nathaniel has a B.A. in English and Linguistics from Cornell University.

René Ostberg
Editorial Assistant, U.S. Catholic

René Ostberg joined U.S. Catholic in 2019. She previously worked as an assistant cookbook editor, copy editor, and proofreader at a number of Chicago-area companies. She has a B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Columnists

Jessie Bazan

Jerry Bleem, O.F.M.

Alice Camille

Meghan J. Clark

Kevin Clarke

David Cloutier

Danny Duncan Collum

Father Bryan Massingale

Jessica Mesman

Pamela Hill Nettleton